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Bish (n. sl.), bitch
Bosch, Hieronymous (c. 1450–1516), Dutch painter
Bish bosh (sl.), job done, sorted

“I was thinking about making the title refer to a mythological, all-encompassing, giant woman artist.” Scott Walker

A Hieronymous Bosch painting can’t be apprehended in a single blink of an eye. The Garden of Earthly Delights is made up of panels in ... Read more in Amazon's Scott Walker Store

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  • Audio CD (December 4, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD Records
  • ASIN: B009CXLS4S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bish Bosch is Scott Walker's first studio album since 2006's The Drift. Scott began writing new material around 2009 - whilst also scoring the ROH 2's Duet For One Voice ballet - recording it sporadically over the following three years. The end result is Bish Bosch, a tauter but more colourful experience than The Drift, with greater emphasis on processed, abrasive guitars, digital keyboards and thick silences. For the cover art, Scott worked closely with painter Ben Farquharson and designer Philip Laslett.

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Just plain boring!
John Casey
Lyrically it is incredible and I strongly advise having the lyrics on hand, Scott is a great lyricist.
great horse
And those sounds create a support for the words which really seem to be the focus here.
Arise Therefore

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Dennen on July 17, 2013
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For many years that I can probably remember, but I think 45 would be exact, I have followed faithfully the progress of this singer & songwriter. Originally with the 60's group Walker Bros, with hits "Make It Easy On Yourself" & "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" I was intrigued by the vocals and the style of the lead singer, Scott Walker. Throughout the period, from 1965 and threw the remainder of the 60s, all of the 70s, 80s, and to the 90s, 00s, and now 2013, his sublime vocalizations and imaginative and beautiful lyrics from so many solo LPs, the best his 1st four, "Scott" "Scott 2" "Scott 3" & "Scott 4" which are masterpieces of lyrics, song, and the art form which is this man's amazing voice. Through the years, as with so many artists, they change to keep pace with the times, and move on to new thoughts, ideas, and a sense of their own style. Mr. Walker no different, except that the minimalist seemed to take hold of him from the 1980s with "Climate to Hunter" and then returning in the 1990s with "Tilt" which is a provocative and seemingly masterful assult on the human condition and his own psyche, with hopes of more to come. Not so, unfortunately, the following decade in the 2000s "Drift" made me wonder where Walker had gone mentally, his focus unclear and disjointed. Again, on the last one, above title, I am unclear as to why it is necessary to make stiff and unusual, overdone and disconnected thoughts and put them on a CD. I realize poets are good for this, many I sometimes like, admire; perhaps if Scott Walker was more true to his new 'form' it would make sense. But on 'Bish Bosch' I'm afraid he's lost me. Perhaps the younger generation can understand and blend in to his mental nuances, but as I move on in my years I much prefer down to earth, common sense, and those things in life that give me something more melodic to listen.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hugh B. Doo on December 4, 2012
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Third in a trilogy that included "Tilt" and "The Drift", "Bish Bosch" is less savage than its predecessor, but is again a work that will take many rotations to glean what there is to glean. In part more accessible, yet also sadder, this may be a swan song (let's hope not), and is a glorious one. I don't want to define it, even if I could. Best just to say it's a beautiful challenge.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Grosso Galvan on December 8, 2012
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If you are looking for something different this is you record. In the same line of the two last CD ( Tilt, Drift), this is more accessible The lyrics are beautiful and stunning . The music is a surprise. You can find everything , thousand of sounds, and incredible dark spirit. The voice is, like always, magic. If you like Scott Walker you will be foolish with this CD. Could be one of the best records of this years. Don't miss. Fascinating. The box include all the lyrics and a beautiful presentation. Scott Walker still in the top.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LolitaOnMeds on January 14, 2013
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I'm a newcomer to the universe that is Scott Walker, I have every album (minus a couple The Walker Brothers albums) but over the last year or so I have been blown away from his early days of his pop albums to the evolution of Scott's more alternative/experimental albums. Since I've been introduced to Scott Walker, the way I listen to music has changed drastically and opened doors that I never knew were there. I respect this man to no end and feel honored to be alive in a time where he continues to make music. I just wanted to make it clear that my rating of 3 stars of "Bish Bosch" and some of the comments I am about to say will not be misunderstood or taken offense, I know Scott has die-hard fans and want to be as respectful as I can to the works of this living genius.

With all that said I'm saddened to say that this album left me a bit disappointed. The music and the atmosphere that Bish Bosch gives are incredible and joyfully frightening. But at times I think that it is diminished by awkward moments/sounds and lyrics that don't blend well. First example is the farting in "Corps De Blah." Don't get me wrong, farts are funny as hell and I'm not a uptight person who can't laugh at toilet humor but in this case it was just dumb and felt kind of insulting as a listener. I know Walker has explained that people don't see the humor in his work and I think he was really trying to throw that in the mix with this album but it just doesn't fit or work. I don' t know if I'm the only one who feels this way but Bish Bosch as a whole feels a little forced to me. Some of the lyrics just seem more random than to have actual feeling or meaning.

All the negativity aside, the music as always is interesting and can be pondered for generations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hundley VINE VOICE on December 29, 2012
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Others here have pointed out that this new Scott Walker isn't as "ground-breaking" or whathaveyou as his two previous studio albums and I'll not argue. If you are familiar with Tilt or The Drfit, then sonically, no, this album will not take you by great surprise the way those two likely did. What has changed here is that Walker seems to be in a playful, almost goofy mood. Bish Bosch is, in fact, very funny in a great many places.

Walker has always had a sense of humor, displayed here and there throughout his solo work, dating all the way back to his first album. But never before has he let it rip the way his does here. The album is filled with loopy and obtuse word-play, puns (both groaners and sublime), startling turns of phrase and jokes that venture all the way back to vaudeville. This is the first Scott Walker album that made me laugh out loud. (Well, maybe the sinister duck-voice in The Drift was the first, but that was a more uneasy laughter, at least the first time.) Walker is earthy, profane here, too, which is part of the fun, like an extremely well-read and thoughtful 15 year-old boy in a particularly dark, dank locker room. (Pilgrim might be more like a 10 year-old, what with the blowing up of bullfrogs with straws and all.)

In any case, this is a very satisfying new record from Walker. Not, perhaps, for the uninitiated, but then, frankly I'm not sure where to initiate someone at this point. Maybe Climate of Hunter, and then move slowly.But for those who have followed his career over a long haul, the progression from Make it Easy on Yourself to, say, Dimple, really does make sense. Just listen through. And this time, there are belly laughs to go along with the ongoing opera Walker is both composing and haunting. This is the buffa part, I think. Seems logical, given his voice, that he'd get around to an album-length patter song.

There but for the grace of god, goes god.
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